Wee Bee Badge

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Monday, April 30, 2012

We have been having so much fun in the felt badge swap over on Craftster. There have been some truly awesome badges created. The gallery is filled with felt goodies ranging from VW busses, to zombie bull dogs and even an opera singing ear of corn! I can't wait to get the next round up and running.

This is the badge I created for lindyv. She and I have been in loads of swaps together but were never partnered up. It was great to finally get to craft with her! She had a cute bee pincushion on her wish list that inspired this design.


It was made with wool-blend felts and mostly stitched with 1 strand of DNC embroidery floss. The black details on the bee were done with 3 strands of floss because I wanted them to pop a bit more. The two badges are attached with a thin satin ribbon.
















Thanks for dropping by. I hope you all have a good week!

Mini Cork Board and Felt Thumbtacks with Tutorial!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

My hubby and I are busy bees and sometimes we forget important things... like our lunches :)! We're always leaving sticky notes around the house as little reminders to ourselves and each other. I created this mini framed cork board and felt thumbtacks to help us keep track of our week!















I selected a frame and removed the glass and cardboard from inside. I used the cardboard as a template for cutting a piece of cork that would fit in the frame.




























I cut out a piece of fabric approximately an inch bigger than the cork on each side. I covered one side of the cork with Elmer's dot runner glue and stuck it to the wrong side of the fabric.















I ran a strip of glue dots around the edges of the other side of the cork. I pulled the fabric tight and stuck it down, kind of like I was wrapping a present! The back side will be tucked into the frame and won't be seen so don't worry if it's a little messy.




























Once the cork package was all wrapped up, I went back to the frame and added Elmer's glue dots all over the back. Stick the dots and then peel the paper. Easy and STICKY!















Then I stuck the fabric wrapped cork board into the frame and it was ready for storing our notes!















Now that we had our board, I wanted to add some cute thumbtacks to hold our reminders.

I started by tracing a few simple designs onto tracing paper and cutting them out of felt.















I added a few simple embroidery stitches to give the pins a little more character.















I added a dollop of glue to attach the designs to a piece of background felt.















Then I snipped around the designs to create a little border. On the larger puppy, I stitched the design to the border piece but that was just for looks :). The glue would have held them together just fine!















The last step was to add a drop of glue to the back and attach the thumbtack.















After letting everything dry sufficiently, the completed board and felt thumbtacks were ready for our reminders!















We hung ours on the front door so we don't forget a thing! I think it would also look cute on a desk or hanging in the kitchen where everything happens :).


And in case you couldn't tell from all of the shots of glue, this was another project I did as part of the Elmer's Glue Master Crafter series. If you haven't already, be sure to check out all of the great projects that the group made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Driftwood Cottages Tutorial

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Jake and I are lucky enough to live just a few miles from the beach and when the weather allows (which isn't all that often in Seattle), we like to comb the shores for beach glass, pretty rocks, seashells and driftwood!

Using the Elmer's paint pens I received as part of the Master Crafter series, I turned our beach finds into a bright and cheery village.


























































These are really easy and fun to make! All you need is some wood and a package of paint pens. I've made other driftwood houses using regular acrylic paints as well to that's another option. If you don't live near a beach, check Etsy for driftwood packages available for purchase.

Before doing any painting, I start by giving the wood a bleach bath and good scrub. Once they are clean, I allow them to dry for a few days to make sure all of the moisture has escaped.

When dry, I draw an outline of the cottage features using simple shapes.















Then I color in each shape. I did one coat, let it dry and then went over the top again to make the colors extra bright!
















Once everything is dry (which only takes about 5 minutes) the final step is to outline your shapes with a black marker and add any special details you want. I use a Sharpie marker.















And that's it! Now that you have a cute cottage, or maybe a whole collection of cute cottages, what are you going to do with them? Here are some ideas;

- Leave them around the beach for someone else to discover
- Glue a magnet on the back and use on the fridge
- Add them to potted plants as a home for bugs
- Connect them in a ring to make a wreath
- Line a row of them up on your mantle as a special decoration
- Tie a ribbon around one, hang it over a bottle of wine and give it as a housewarming gift
- What other ideas can you think of?


Hexagon Monogram Tutorial

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Yesterday I let the cat out of the bag about the Elmer's Master Crafter campaign I was lucky enough to get to be a part of over on Craftster. Today I'm sharing one of the projects I made with the fun products I received!

I adore all of the hexagon quilts I've been seeing around lately. While I'd love make one of my own, my quilting skills aren't up for that challenge. Instead, I made a simple paper version over this wooden monogram!







































I started with a 9" wooden letter that I found at the craft store.







































Next, I cut 1" strips of craft paper using the X-ACTO paper cutter I received. I used coordinating papers from a collection but I think random colors and patters would also look great too!








































I found a 1" hexagon pattern online, printed it and glued it to a pice of light weight cardboard to make a sturdy template.















Once I had my template and all of my strips ready, I cut and cut and cut and cut hexagons in all kinds of colors and patterns. I used an X-ACTO knife but scissors would work just as well. I would estimate that I needed about 50 hexis for this size letter.




























When I had a whole pile of hexagons, I started gluing them to my letter. I took each hexi and rubbed it all over the top of my Elmer's glue stick to quickly and easily cover the entire shape.















One by one, I glued and then stuck the hexagons in a row, being sure I was alternating the colors and paper patterns. I attached the shapes right over the edges knowing I could clean that up later.







































When the entire letter was covered, I flipped it over and used the X-ACTO knife and cutting mat I received to trim off the overlapping hexagons. This gave the edges of the letter a nice clean look.




























Now I just need to find somewhere to hang it!







































Keep an eye on Pam and Kira's blogs too! They were part of the series and I hear they will be sharing more about the experience on their blogs soon. You can see all of the amazing projects that were created over on Craftster. Swing by!

The Secret is Out! Elmer's Master Crafters Campaign!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Phew! I've been keeping a little secret from you all that I've been DYING to talk about.

A couple months ago, Craftster announced a new Master Crafter campaign. At that time, they weren't revealing the sponsor but they said it was geared towards paper crafters. I took a chance and threw my name in the hat. I was floored when I found out I had been chosen and thrilled to learn that the sponsor was the one and only Elmer's Glue! The official campaign launched yesterday so I can finally spill the beans!

I received a box full of awesome Elmer's products and was free to create whatever I wanted! I put together 7 projects for the series that I'll be sharing here over the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can cruise over to the series thread on Craftster and check all the details on the products, the projects and the other 5 amazing ladies that I shared this experience with.



Lime Slice Stamp

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Attempting to make my own hand carved stamps was something I committed to this year on my list of 50 projects for 2012. I've always adored them and have purchased several from Etsy but have never had success carving myself.

My previous attempts included a dachshund and a squirrel, neither of which turned out looking remotely like the intended creatures. This time, I chose a very simple design and had better luck.

I've been stamping my little lime slice on all kinds of cards, bags and paper scraps. I've added washi tape to some of them for an extra little pop. I plan to use these when sending swap packages!




























It's an easy design but I still like it and I'm excited to try another one soon!

"It's Winter Somewhere" Mitts

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring finally seems to be making an appearance here in Seattle! Welcoming the sunshine and warmer weather usually means saying goodbye to my knitting mojo for a few months. Most people around here are craving flip flops this time of year and not wool hats or chunky cowls.

But somewhere in the world (New Zealand in this case) the seasons are about to shift towards colder weather where cozy knits are appreciated more than tank tops.

These Marble Arch Mitts were made for a recent Kiwi swap partner. I hope they keep her warm during the upcoming winter season!
















And here's your gratuitous 'knits on a fence' picture :)!

Happy Sunday!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

I hope everyone is enjoying the day whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or just Sunday! We had a great Easter excursion to visit family today.

Of course it was great to see my parents, aunt, uncle and cousins but I was most excited to meet Rutabaga! This little doll was born just yesterday and she couldn't be cuter. I'm calling her Rutabaga because my friend Connie from Missing Willow Farm named one of her recent lambs Yam and what's cuter than a lamb named after a root vegetable??




























I don't have one of my own crafts to show off today so I want to brag about my Mom instead.

In addition to adorable lambs, my parents also have geese that lay nice big eggs. My Dad uses a special technique to clean out the insides without causing much damage to the outside of the shell. Then, my Mom paints them with flowers and seals them with varnish. Our Easter table was filled with about 50 of these beauties today. We all snagged a few to decorate our own tables tonight.






























Here's one of the geese getting a special Easter treat (lettuce) from my little cousin.















I hope your day was filled with happies!

My Latest Obsession, Felt Badges

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Monday, April 2, 2012

I've been seeing adorable felt badges on Pinterest and Etsy lately. I decided I needed to start my own collection so I opened up a Felt Badge swap over on Craftster!

I wanted to get a few practice badges under my belt before the swap starts so I put these little cuties together. They are quick and easy to stitch up and I love that they can be used for so many different things; magnets, brooches, clothespins, patches and more!!

I made these for a couple of the other moderators on Craftster.




























I made this one for Mr. Lime as a 'thank-you' for doing yard chores while I sat on my tuckus and made felt badges.
















They range in size from about 2" to 4.5". I made them using wool-blend felt and embroidery floss.

I'm really excited for the Felt Badge swap. There are already 50+ talented crafters joining the fun and I'm certain that the gallery will be epic!

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